As we read the Gospels and the very words of Jesus, we can gather so much wisdom in the ways to run our lives. Sometimes, I spend so much time in the other scriptures, I overlook the Gospels because they appear to be the same story told over again. But what I know to be true is that they are the same story told by different witnesses addressing different audiences. Because of this, the words and lessons of Jesus will be directed reader depending on our needs at the time. God was so amazing when he inspired the scriptures. He made sure the story of His son was told for everybody and that is why it is told so often.
So as I go into John, I find the simplest fact, my joy and my life is not from anyone here on this earth, it is when I go to the Father for every request and I do it through His son Jesus Christ. He himself tells us, we can and will receive if we will just ask in His name. That is the answer to abundant joy. There are no people or things of this earth that can give you what you can receive through the love of Christ. He has to be your "go to" in all things.
O - We have to go to the Father with our requests but we must do it in the name of Jesus. When we do everything through Jesus Christ, that is how we know we will receive and have joy in our lives.
A - All my prayers and requests will be through Jesus. By knowing Him, I know the Father because He told me this. He says in scripture that to know Him is to know the Father and that we have to go through Him to get to the Father. With this knowledge, I will concentrate all my requests on Jesus so that I can really receive what He is offering.
P - Father I come to you in the name of your son Jesus asking that you would answer my prayers. Father, I thank you for the joy and life you have given and all the blessing you have bestowed upon be and I thank you in the name of your son, Jesus. I thank you for the blessing you will give and the abundant life you continue to provide all through your son, Jesus Christ.